Shady’s Back! Eminem’s KAMIKAZƎ Is A Barbarous Response To His Critics
On 31st August at the stroke of midnight, Eminem decided to crash the internet by releasing a staggeringly surprising 10th studio album, KAMIKAZƎ. The album is lethal retribution towards what people had to say about the 45-year-old Rap God and his last album, Revival. As expected, Eminem went hard as a motherfucker and slapped the fuck out of the critics who tried to hit back at him. Eminem introduced the world to his Slim Shady side which they wanted and it was fire. Em not only fired back at the critics but also at the current generation of mumble rappers. He dissed numerous artists ranging from Drake to Machine Gun Kelly (who has released his poppy response, Rap Devil). We will talk about it later when Em responds, but talking about the album from start to finish, the world witnessed the Old Slim Shady that Em buried years ago. I will be breaking down each track so bear with me and clap back if you feel what I am going to write now.
#1 The Ringer
The first song is itself the bomber and starts with an airplane crash. Eminem starts the song with the line, “Yo, I’m just gonna write down my first thoughts, see where this takes me, ’cause I feel like I wanna punch the world in the fuckin’ face right now, yeah!” This was enough to get everyone excited as Em sounded angry and like he was about to settle some scores. On the track, Eminem takes shots at various mumble rappers including Lil Xan and Lil Pump. He even took a shot at Savage 21. The 45-year-old also cleared the fact that who are his favorites currently including Joyner Lucas, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, and Big Sean. Slim then targeted Charlamagne tha God and said that whatever he’s going to say Charlamagne will not like it. He even came back at Donald Trump and said that the President of the US sent Secret Service to his home to know his intentions against Trump. Overall, this song made me jump off the roof and yes, nod to the beat.
The second track of the album, Greatest, as the name implies Eminem goes hard and clears the point that he is the greatest and best one to ever do it. In the song, he criticized the rappers who brag about their achievement with their shitty output. Slim Shady then took shots at ‘Die Antwoord,’ who criticized him for not pronouncing their name correctly on the song, Untouchable from Revival. But, the funniest line was when Eminem copied the flow of Kendrick Lamar from his track, HUMBLE. from DAMN. and rapped, “Revival didn’t go viral! Denaun and Royce tell me that I should take the high road.” Slim even went on to call himself ‘Muhammad Ali’ and we know that he was nicknamed ‘The Greatest.’ Kendrick Lamar and Top Dawg are given the writing credits on the song.
3. Lucky You featuring Joyner Lucas
For the third track of the album, Eminem decided to collaborate with Joyner Lucas. This collab was awaited by hip-hop fans for a long time and finally they got it on an album in which Eminem sounded angry. For the track, Slim took the production in his own hands and damn he killed the beat. Both the artists delivered one verse and they were completely polar opposites. The track starts of Joyner’s bridge and verse. He talks about how he is being overlooked in the rap industry and has not won even a single Grammy despite creating masterpieces like I’m Not Racist and more. Lucas even rapped about how he will go down as an underdog who never lost hope. On the other hand, Eminem talks about how he has all the awards, sales, recognition and everything, but is being ignored in the current hip-hop scenario. He again took shots at the mumble rapping and how new artists cannot even stick to single subject and make shitty songs. He was on everybody’s head and even mentions how he feels when he breaks a record. Slim raps, “You could never say to me I’m not a fuckin’ record breaker I sound like a broken record every time I break a record.” The whole track is a spirit bomb.
4. Paul (Skit)
After Relapse (2009), we finally got a skit from Eminem’s manager and Def Jam Recordings, CEO, Paul Rosenberg. On the skit, Paul leaves a message for Eminem about how he feels about making an album targeting all the people who said something shitty about Revival and warning him that it is not a good idea. Paul even says what if people do not like this record, so what he will do? Make Kamikaze 2? He warns Slim Shady that it’s a slippery slop and he shouldn’t make the album.
On the fifth track of the album, Eminem comes back and talks about how he wants to have a normal relationship. This is the first track of the album where Eminem sounds a little soft and not talking about the critics. But, as soon as the beat switches during the second verse, Em goes hard and ruthless in talking about the relations. Though, he slips the line, “But like a drunk bum, what do I know? Let’s sleep on it like they did Revival I told you you’re the apple of my eye, so shut your pie hole,” which again addresses how people ignored his last solo effort, Revival. All in all, it is a fun track with different flow from Marshall, which most people are not used to.
6. Em Calls Paul (Skit)
When you get a Paul skit, it becomes mandatory that Em responds. On this skit, Marshall addresses Paul’s concern of Em going against the people and how he will fuck everyone who said something wrong about Revival. The funniest part of the skit is when he tells Paul, “Yo, this Yahoo motherfucker, whatever the fuck his name is, said I, literally said I rhymed ‘rhymes’ with ‘chimes’ ‘Sucker free, confidence high Such a breeze when I pen rhymes’ Like, you don’t understand I’m rhyming the entire fuckin’ sentence you fuckin’ moron.”
7. Stepping Stone
This… Yes, it made me cry! I mean, I did not want D12 to not be a thing anymore. I am a Stan and I’ve been on the same journey that Marshall has throughout his career and D12 is the most important part. And, listening to this was quite hard, but Eminem kept it real. On the confessional track, Eminem addresses D12 and how he could’ve made them a more famous. After the death of Proof in 2006, the group lost its bond and they separated. Every other member tried to become a solo artist, but the fact is that nobody blew. Slim addresses his guilt of using D12 as a stepping stone while the other members didn’t make it big. However, he also expressed his displeasure on how the other members depended on him to make their careers jump. The end of the track is quite hurting when Eminem says that their friendship is intact but they are no longer together. “It’s not goodbye to our friendship, but D12 is over.” It is without a doubt one of my favorites from the record.
8. Not Alike featuring Royce da 5’9”
Ahh, the track with Royce is always fire and this one didn’t disappoint either. This is the track where Eminem dissed Machine Gun Kelly for his comments on Hailie with the lines, “But next time you don’t gotta use Tech N9ne/If you wanna come at me with a sub, Machine Gun/And I’m talkin’ to you, but you already know who the fuck you are, Kelly/I don’t use sublims and sure as fuck don’t sneak-diss/But keep commenting on my daughter Hailie/I keep on telling motherfuckers/But just in case you forgot really and need Ja memories.” Royce kept it real like he does every time when he is on a track with Em. He had some really firey lines. On the other hand, Eminem made fun of The Migos on the hook with similar flow like their “Bad and Boujee.” This is the second collab Eminem and Royce released this year. The first one was Caterpillar from Royce’s Book of Ryan album. This is also the second time when Royce featured on Shady’s album. The first came on Em’s major label debut, The Slim Shady LP (1999).
The song is fun loving but Eminem keeps reminding people that he’s not shit and how people treated him after Revival was not great as if he did something wrong by putting it out. He even revived the famous FACK hook from his Greatest Hits album. Slim was quite on point and made people realize that he’s crazy and coming at them like Kamikaze. On the song, he raps, “Lyrically I’m terrible, better get your lyrics prepared Richard Ramirez is here, serial killin’ every beat there is.” This shows how hungry he is to feed off from the souls of every critic. The track is hard as fuck and Slim Shady made my day by singing the hook, “Smash into everyone, crash into everything/Back and I’ve just begun, ‘FACK’ 2017/Fack, fack on everyone/Fack, fack on everyone/Fack, fack on everyone.”
Want to know how old Slim Shady was? Listen to this track. Eminem just bodied every big name in the hip-hop industry on this track. He even says that this time Paul Rosenberg and Dr Dre will not stop him from pushing the buttons. He raps, “These rappers are like Hunger Games/One minute, they’re mockin’ Jay/Next minute, they get their style from Migos ’til they copy Drake.” On the second verse, Slim addresses Joe Budden, ex-Shady Records artist who kept talking trash about Eminem and his work after leaving the company. Then, Em came at Tyler the Creator, who also talked shit about Eminem’s song with Beyonce. The attack was quite visicious and Eminem is being criticized for using homophobic slur, but hey, you all wanted Shady, you got it. He rapped, “Tyler create nothin’, I see why you called yourself a f****t, bitch/It’s not just ’cause you lack attention/It’s because you worship D12’s balls, you’re sack-religious/If you’re gonna critique me, you better at least be as good or better.” Then, on the third verse, he goes against Pitchfork and then the Grammys. Against the Grammys, he raps, “And then tell the Grammys to go and fuck themselves They suck the blood from all the biggest artists like some leeches.” Finally came the line which made Hopsin go crazy on Facebook. Eminem rapped, “I belong here, clown, don’t tell me ‘bout the culture I inspire the Hopsins, the Logics, the Coles, the Seans, the K-Dots, the 5’9”s, and oh Brought the world 50 Cent.”
11. Nice Guy featuring Jessie Reyez
The song features Jessie Reyez, who goes hard on the hook and it is funny as hell. It is not the greatest track on the record, but it’s still good enough for some listens. On the track, Em talks about his relationships and how they haven’t work for him, but he always was a Nice Guy in them.
12. Good Guy featuring Jessie Reyez
This song continues from the last one and Eminem comes hard with a long verse. He again talks about confusing relationships and how he can make them work. Jessie Reyez was decent on the chorus. Eminem ends his verse with vicious lines, “It’s like a dream come true, just to scream “Fuck you!” Guess you take life in the same way you play dice then ’Cause you just look at me and roll them little snake eyes in.”
“Knock knock, let the devil in.” Finally, the last track of the album, Venom, which Eminem teased a few hours ago before dropping the whole ass album. The song is ruthless and brutal and has a hook whose rhyming scheme sounds like Venom is sticking his tongue out. Em closes the song with the line mentioning Eddie Brock aka Venom and Marvel. “I’m responsible for you retarded fools I’m the super villain Dad and Mom was losin’ their marbles to You marvel that? Eddie Brock is you And I’m the suit, so call me — Venom.”
Final thoughts: The album is a response to all the critics. Em went hard and in just a few months time, he gave the world Kamikaze. This was to remind everyone who started to banish him for putting out a record which they don’t like. They wanted the Old Slim Shady to come back and ladies and gentlemen, he is here. So, don’t be offended with the homophobic lyrics. Old Slim was angrier and violent. You may not like his one project, but he is still the GREATEST RAPPER OF ALL TIME!